Stampotelli

Bad boy Balotelli has found himself in hot water again – this time having stomped on Spurs midfielder Scott Parker during City’s 3 – 2 victory over their Premier League rivals this weekend. Stomper Mario has been widely condemned for his antics during Sunday’s crunch title clash, doubly galling on account that referee Howard Webb failed to spot the incident allowing the striker to stay on the field. Balotelli then stepped up in the 95th minute to score the winning penalty to sink Spurs and deal a bitter blow to their title hopes. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was left fuming. “Why you should backheel someone in the head when they are lying on the floor is beyond me. It’s not a nice thing to do”. However strike partner Sergio Aguero was quick to jump to his teammate’s defence. “Like a lot of players he has his own idiosyncracies here and there. You know him as a player – what you see on the field. But I know he’s a lovely lad”.

Mario has since been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association where the normal punishment is a three-game ban. However, Mario must also serve a one-game ban for his sending off against Liverpool in November, meaning the Italian will face a total of four games on the sidelines.

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